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Driver in Oklahoma thrill killing recalled victim screaming

Investigators gather evidence from Facebook, cellphones and Twitter, records show.
by Nolan Clay Modified: October 5, 2013 at 10:00 am •  Published: October 5, 2013

In a chilling new detail, the teenager who confessed to a role in a thrill killing recalled the victim screamed as he was shot, court records show.

Three Duncan teenagers were charged in the fatal Aug. 16 shooting of Australian baseball player Christopher Lane.

Investigators have obtained evidence from the three defendants' Facebook accounts, the court records show.

Chancey Allen Luna, 16, and James Francis Edwards Jr., 16, were charged with first-degree murder.

Michael Dewayne Jones, 17, was charged with accessory to first-degree murder after the fact and use of a vehicle in discharge of a weapon.

The victim was shot in the back as he jogged along a street. Lane, 22, was in Duncan visiting his girlfriend.

Jones discussed the shooting in a police interview Aug. 18, two days after he was arrested. Duncan's police chief revealed in August that Jones said the victim was targeted because the three were bored.

In that Aug. 18 interview, Jones admitted he was driving.

“Jones advised that Chancey Luna had fired the shot that struck Christopher Lane and that Jones heard Christopher Lane scream as the shot was fired,” an investigator wrote in court papers.

The investigator, Justin Scott, works for the district attorney. He revealed the new detail in several requests made last month to a judge for permission to do searches for evidence.

The investigator also reported to the judge that Jones claimed he concealed the gun several minutes after the shooting in a factory compartment under the hood of his Ford Focus.

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by Nolan Clay
Sr. Reporter
Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials,...
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